Stoney welcomes the first of four PADs

Left to right: Phil Mills-Bishop (Stonehaven CC), Svwanna Howe, Knud Christensen (Stonehaven CC), Euan Ross
Left to right: Phil Mills-Bishop (Stonehaven CC), Svwanna Howe, Knud Christensen (Stonehaven CC), Euan Ross

The first of four public access defibrillators (PADs) for Stonehaven was installed at the David Street Co-op last week.

The PADs were donated to Stonehaven by John Trudgill’s employer, Baker Hughes, after John’s brother, Peter Trudgill, tragically died from being swept into the sea by a huge wave and having to be pulled in by a police officer and two members of the public.

The project is being steered by Stonehaven Community Council.

Knud Christensen, chair of the SCCC , said: “I’m really happy we’ve got the first one up, not just as an acheivment for us, but because it might save somebody’s life.

“We’re hoping to get two more up by the end of the first quarter.

“We’ve just got to work out the details of where they are going, but there will be one at the town square and one by the harbour.”

Knud added: “People must always remember that should they come across someone that has a heart problem that they get hands on heart and start pumping and helping, and get someone else to go and get the defibrilator.”

John McCullough, area service manager, South Grampian for the Scottish Ambulance Service, said: “Local initiatives like this one from Baker Hughes and the community council are a genuine benefit for residents and visitors to Stonehaven.

“So in a public incident, hands on the heart is vital in the first few seconds of a situation as this allows time for a defibrillator to be sourced and then used to jolt the heart back into a regular rhythm.

“And anyone can do this as the modern type of defibrillator actually talks you through the procedure so no special training is needed - just common sense and urgency.”